After surgery, injury, trauma or stroke, the highly experienced physical therapy and rehabilitation teams at Corpus Christi Medical Center Bay Area and Corpus Christi Medical Center Doctors Regional help relieve your pain and rebuild your strength and mobility.

At Corpus Christi Medical Center's healthcare system, our priority is helping you recover so you can get back to living the life you love. Our inpatient rehab programs provide our patients with 24-hour medical monitoring and rehabilitation nursing care.

Depending on your individual needs, your inpatient rehabilitation team may include a rehabilitation nurse, dietitian, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist or case manager.

Our inpatient rehabilitation centers offer a number of amenities and services to help our patients on their journey to recovery, including:

  • Activities of daily living (ADL) suites with fully functioning kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms
  • Fully equipped rehabilitation gyms and dining rooms
  • Gait training devices to help with balance, posture and weight-bearing deficits
  • Mechanical lifting devices
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to improve swallowing function
  • Private patient rooms

Corpus Christi inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services

Our Bay Area and Doctors Regional hospitals provide comprehensive individualized care to help patients achieve their rehabilitation goals and get back to what matters to them.

In order to be admitted to our inpatient program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a need for an intensive interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation; requiring two or more therapy services
  • Must be willing and able to tolerate a minimum of three hours of intensive therapy per day, five to seven days a week
  • Be able to tolerate therapy five to seven days a week, for at least three hours per day
  • Must require 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care

Our physicians and specialists offer care for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Cardiovascular disease or a cardiac event such as a heart attack
  • Hip fracture
  • Major trauma
  • Neurological conditions
  • Neuromuscular disorders, including:
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome
    • Multiple sclerosis
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke

Our rehabilitation teams are physician-led, and we work with you to develop a personalized plan to improve, increase or maintain your level of functioning and quality of life. Your rehabilitation plan may include one or more of the following types of therapy:

Occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists focus on helping you adapt to the tasks you need to perform every day, such as bathing, dressing and eating. They use therapeutic techniques to improve your fine motor skills, restore balance and increase your functional ability.

Physical therapy

Patients usually come to physical therapy to relieve pain and move better. It's also used to recover from injuries and to grow stronger after an illness or surgery.

Depending on your situation, a physical therapist may prescribe exercises with various devices to help regain your strength. They may also use massage, heat and ice to treat pain and ultrasound to provide deep heating to soft tissues in the body.

Our rehab specialists assess and create an individualized plan for your situation. They provide instruction in activities and help you with the therapy to regain your overall strength, mobility and endurance.

Speech therapy

Our speech-language pathologists help improve your communication skills and issues related to speech, swallowing, memory and thinking. Speech therapy is beneficial to patients who have been impacted by an injury, surgery or neuromuscular diagnosis or have a hearing impairment or a condition that makes swallowing difficult.

We also offer the following specialized services:

  • Dietary services: Our licensed dietitians can help you establish healthy eating habits that will support your healing journey.
  • Rehabilitation nursing: We have specially trained rehab nurses who provide 24-hour personal care and support for your functional and medical needs
  • Respiratory care: Our respiratory therapists assist with diagnosing lung or breathing disorders, performing tests and determining the appropriate treatment option for your condition
  • Social services: Our social workers are a valuable resource to you and your family. They connect you to the appropriate community resources and ease your transition back home. If you need medical equipment to help you when you are discharged, our social workers will get the equipment as soon as possible.

Patient referrals

Patients may be referred by physicians, discharge planners, family members, staff, case managers, social services professionals or third-party payors. If you are referred to the program, you are screened according to admission criteria to determine your potential to participate in and benefit from our comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation programs.

For additional information about our services or to initiate a referral, please call (361) 877-2007.